Foote gets honored as top coach

Mount Si’s volleyball coach has been recognized as one of the best in the region.

Bonnie Foote, who has led the Wildcats to the state tournament five seasons in a row – including this fall – was selected as the StarTimes volleyball Coach of the Year by the Seattle Times. The team was selected by Times writer Sandy Ringer, and included players and coaches from King and Snohomish counties. No Kingco 3A players were selected, but there were a number of kids chosen who should be familiar to Mount Si and Cedarcrest volleyball fans. Those included Eastside Catholic’s Kam McLain and Seattle Prep’s Olivia Magill, Skyline’s Maddie Magee (whose high school coach is former Wildcat assistant Callie Wesson) and Archbishop Murphy’s Hannah Linsemayer. A luncheon was held for the honorees by the newspaper last week, and Foote joins Wildcat football players Cameron Vanwinkle and Josh Mitchell as fall sports StarTimes selections from Mount Si High School.

SVSJ editorial comment: We are thrilled the Times made this selection, and that Foote is finally receiving the kind of recognition from her peers and from the media she has worked hard for the last several years to achieve. Foote is among the top high school volleyball coaches in the region, and there’s plenty of proof of that: Her program has graduated three players (Faith Hutcherson-WSU, Miranda Pratt-Idaho, Zoe Gogan-WSU) and had a hand in the development of a fourth (Summer Nash-San Diego State) who all went on to play Division I college volleyball in some form; the program overall, in addition to the four players above, has graduated a number of strong players who have found time on smaller college rosters around the West, including Aubrey Larion (PLU), Catie Fry (Central), Marissa Hill (Western), Sine Schirmer (Hope International-Calif.) and Robyn Schirmer (Blue Mountain CC, Pendelton, Ore.); the program, in addition to producing excellent players, also is producing solid coaches – Wesson, who was part of Foote’s staff for several years before taking the Skyline job this summer, finished 16-6 in her first season as the Spartan coach. Foote’s top varsity assistant coach, Dave Bachman, also has become one of the top assistants in the region, as well, and Hutcherson came back as well to help out this fall and she, too, looks to have strong credentials as she grows and develops in coaching.

Foote’s impact isn’t simply limited to just those three elements, either. If you are a longtime reader of this blog dating back to the old days when this blog was called Sno-Valley Sports, you may remember a column we did for you back prior to last year’s state tournament, talking about the positive impacts Foote has made not only on the program as a whole, but as an educator to Valley children as well (in addition to her volleyball coaching duties, she also is a physical education and health teacher at the high school). So we use Foote’s recognition by the Times as an opportunity to roll out that column once again for you. It’s here at the link.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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